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Sarah Marshall

Gardens Project Manager
NORTH COAST OPPORTUNITIES

Sarah’s love for sustainable foods stems from a lifetime of gardening in the Great Lake State of Michigan. Her love for food and community engagement has driven her across the globe from the Golden Temple community kitchen in Amritsar, India to vineyards in Colchagua Valley, Chile and most recently to a sustainable development conservation in the Peruvian rainforest. As a graduate of the University of Michigan in Global Health and Sustainable Food Systems, she is excited to put her knowledge into action in growing access to fresh, real food throughout Mendocino and Lake Counties.

Lucy Truluck Kramer

Gardens Project Coordinator

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Lucy’s passion for supporting sovereign food systems has brought her to Mendocino County on Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA. Here she has found a small community devoted to self-sufficiency that inspires her to model the sustainable lifestyle she hopes will become commonplace. Lucy has a degree in Environmental Studies from University of the Pacific. Since graduating, Lucy worked briefly as an Environmental Justice Educator for The Beehive Design Collective before spending a summer as a Naturalist with Camp Mendocino. She has just completed a year-long apprenticeship with Ecology Action learning the Grow Biointensive® Agricultural Method. Lucy is thrilled to be working for the Gardens Project and looks forward to being part of a team that empowers so many people to grow their own healthy food locally.

Angie Boone

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

MENDOCINO COUNTY

Angie’s passion for organic and sustainable local food systems was cultivated through various experiences with farms and vineyards in Washington state, as well as vineyard and beekeeping work in New Zealand. Being fueled by a desire to focus on food justice work, she is excited to work with Gardens Project on empowering communities, building capacity, and strengthening Mendocino County’s food system. An interest in nutrition and health has her eager to connect sustainable food systems with public health, empowering communities not only through opportunities to grow their own food but also working towards increased access to health and nutrition resources and knowledge. She hopes to influence communities in seeing the interconnectedness of the health of our environments, the health of our food and soil, and the health of the people in our communities. She is thrilled to be a part of a team working to build healthier and more sustainable communities.


Maddi Cheek

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

LAKE COUNTY

Maddi started growing food in her family garden in Kentucky, and hasn’t stopped since. She has taken her food curiosity with her to a community garden in the Chicago suburbs, migrant worker camps in central Iowa, and indigenous potato farms in the Peruvian Andes. Along the way she has strived to learn as much as she can about food systems and their potential to positively impact communities, the environment, and peoples’ wellbeing. Maddi studied Anthropology and Sociology at Drake University, which deepened her appreciation for food as a cultural, social, and political cornerstone. She is excited to continue her journey in Lake and Mendocino counties, where she hopes to share her enthusiasm for the power of collective action. You can usually catch her petting a dog, baking bread, or fermenting things!


Michelle Hablitzel

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

PLOWSHARES COMMUNITY GARDEN

Michelle’s interest in food justice was inspired by her Geography and Globalization Studies coursework at The Ohio State University where she learned to ask how people and the environment are affected by political and economic processes as they play out across space, place, and time. Her first experiences with community-based agriculture started with the Columbus Growing Collective, a small urban farm, where she assisted in coordinating programming for volunteers with traumatic brain injury and got her hands in the dirt through their community farmer summer internship. Michelle’s love of adventure, language, and the great outdoors took her to South America where she volunteered at various conventional and organic farms, agroforestry projects, permaculture sites, NGOs, and personal gardens. Michelle is looking forward to the chance to transform community spaces and facilitate local access to healthy food and gardening opportunities.

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